We said goodbye to our state FFA officers as the Iowa FFA Leadership Convention came to a close, but with the goodbyes also came hellos as this year’s officers were sworn in.

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The torch for Northeast Iowa was passed on to Ryan Wolfe a senior from Western Dubuque High School in Epworth.

Ryan grew up with a farming background which helped him find his way to FFA.

I grew up on a family dairy farm and I always just had a love for animals. When I got into high school, I decided to join FFA mainly because all of my family had been in FFA growing up; cousins, parents, and grandparents and so I figured that I might as well follow the rest of them and get involved in it as well.

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Over the past four years, Ryan competed in contests, served as his chapter’s Reporter, Secretary, and President, and worked on his SAE in Dairy Production Placement.

My freshman year I kind of just got thrown into contests with a bunch of seniors in the parliamentary procedure- and I actually really enjoyed the competition. Following that experience, I decided that I would try to get involved with my chapter’s officer team.

Running for state office was never a long-time goal for Ryan. He said that he decided to run this year so he can continue being involved in FFA after high school.

I mean, it kind of just was- I wouldn't say a spur-of-the-moment decision, but it was one of those that I just kind of jumped on and I learned a little bit more about it.

This year, Ryan said he wants to expand Northeast Iowa’s involvement within the community.

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